Many teachers in the Syracuse City School District spent the weekend appealing the scores they were given, rating their effectiveness in the classroom.
Over the weekend, the Washington Post picked up on the recent revelation that just 2 percent of Syracuse teachers were rated highly effective. The best ranking is highly effective. After that, a teacher could be rated effective, developing or ineffective, which is the lowest classification.
On Monday, New York Education Commissioner John King canceled a slate of community forums on the Common Core following what he called "disruptions caused by the special interests" during the first meeting in Poughkeepsie. The disruptions were captured on video. Watch it here.
A statement from King provided by the Education Department Monday says the commissioner was looking forward to answering parents' questions. But after the Oct. 10 PTA-sponsored forum, he says it's clear that special interests are determined to manipulate the meetings.
Additional forums had been scheduled for this week in Garden City and Clifton Park and later this month in Williamsville and New Hartford.
The learning standards are intended to better prepare students for college and careers. Critics say New York was too quick to align standardized tests to the standards, resulting in a low passing rate.
Only teachers who receive a rating of ineffective and developing have the right to appeal. Those teachers can request a hearing by notifying the Superintendent in writing no later than five school days after the receipt of the final rating notice. The appeal will be heard by three people, including the Superintendent's designee, one teacher named by the Association and a third person selected by the Superintendent and the President of the Association.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.